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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310 510 2000
Description: Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes...
Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind venue is simply stunning inside, outside, and all around. If the meticulously decorated walls could talk, they’d tell countless stories of romance and celebration gathered from decades of memorable events. The immense, Deco-themed ballroom is large enough to contain weddings, large meetings or lectures or musical events. The Casino has retained its signature lavish style: a stunning medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, 50-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas surrounding the wooden dance floor, and a vintage full-service bar anchoring the back. A sweeping veranda surrounds the ballroom with stunning 360-degree views of Avalon Bay.
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What a huge beautiful ballroom!

I heard you can have weddings and other events, if planned ahead... Sometime in the 1940's they had a dance event and at one time accommodated 6200 people...Amazing!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I heard you can have weddings and other events, if planned ahead... Sometime in the 1940's they had a dance event and at one time accommodated 6200 people...Amazing!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Take the shorter guided tour for a quick and amazing trip back in time. When you reach the ballroom, I recommend laying down underneath the center of the dancefloor and look up.

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Solvang, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Do not miss the Art Deco style theater and ballroom if you can get a tour. They are building a new historical museum adjacent.

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Long Beach/Los Angeles
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20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

As a lifelong SoCal resident the Catalina Casino is one of the areas defining monuments culturally, historically, and architecturally. I've been to Catalina many times but had never visited the Casino until recently. I took the 'Behind-the-Scenes tour and also saw a movie later the same night. The façade of the building is a gem with tiled murals representing the... More 

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Pebble Beach, California
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28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Great tour...a wonderful legacy landmark of the Wrigley family. The behind the scenes tour was the perfect length and the short film shown in the theatre provides history for those who are not aware of how the Wrigley's purchased and shaped the future of Catalina Island. I wish I had known about the organ concerts and the movie showings because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

If you get a chance, go see a movie the movie theater, the auditorium is amazing. Detail is breathtaking. There even is a huge organ there that still works. Each seat end is colorfully painted. If you get a chance to go to any event in the upper casino like the annual Jazz Festival, you must go! The history is... More 

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Bonsall, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Our Tour Guide Rebecca was a hoot. This is a great fun tour... and if you love history... and music... and art... you will love this tour

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Fresno, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I'm not much on taking tours, but this place was a treat! Must have been a blast back when Wrigley and company entertained the stars! Well worth the time, as a matter of fact I would take this tour again, just to revisit the things I may have missed. Check out the museum first, then take the tour.

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Signal Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The behind the scenes tour is worth the access you get to the whole place. Being in the theater was amazing. Really good time.

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North Highlands, California
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Very impressive. Had no idea the ballroom was so large. Interesting history and worth the tour whether you choose the short or long tour you get an idea of the impressive nature this ballroom must have been in the initial installation. Photos do not do it justice....

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